Over the last several months, we've been collaborating with Kongjian Yu and his Beijing-based firm, Turenscape, on the design of an expanded Hing Hay Park in Seattle's Chinatown-International District. Last night, the final conceptual design was shared with the public, which you can see here. Over the coming months, we'll be developing the design and securing permits for construction in late 2014.
Building on last year's list of gift suggestions, we're rounding up a list of our staff's gifts recommendations for the landscape architect or civil engineer in your life.
Seed Bombs and Slingshot
Have you ever wanted to green up a vacant lot, but didn't feel like having a run in with those pesky folks from law enforcement? Greenaid has you covered with 10 seed bombs and a wooden slingshot. (Unfamiliar with seed bombing? Learn more at Guerrilla Gardening.) At just under $15, it would make a great stocking stuffer.
Ever since reading about Maria Popova's piece in Brain Pickings, walking on the sidewalk has been a coded step-and-slide. That's how Alexandra Horowitz describes the subtle human dance of how people walk in the city, and we're excited to read her new book, On Looking.
Yes it's cold. Yes, it's dark. And yes, it's wet. But our bike racks are still pretty full every day thanks to several committed year-round cyclists in the office. That's why we're loving the Lumigrid, a bike light that projects a grid of lines. Why a grid? Well, in addition to lighting the way and provide more visibility to other road uses, the even grid helps to reveal the topography of the path in front of you. No more abrupt potholes? Yes please.
Learning about Livable Streets Two friends wrote books this year about transforming our streets and making them safe, more livable and more environmentally friendly. The long-time director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, Barbara McCann, released Completing Our Streets, and our own Dave Rodgers, working with lead authors Lesley Bain and Barbara Gray, released Living Streets. They'd be great to give as a set.
Ever wanted to install a separated bike lane somewhere? Copenhagenize now has the Flow that provides a snap-together, vertically separated bike lane for tactical urbanist interventions.
Finally, a true toy--under the guise of filming fly-throughs of our projects--a quadcopter. Remember, we're telling our kids it's for work only.
Happy Holidays, everyone!